Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi, a great day in the recognition that we are part of one body in Christ.
In the gospel Jesus says to the crowd ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’
Despite not being able to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion during this time of lockdown we are able to pray a spiritual communion prayer. I am sure that the God who loves and knows us will see how we are being as one body in Christ.
In our workplace we work for the young in our care, during these times, we have seen this in abundance with the well being calls, meetings, teaching and other support given to families. We see it in the care of our colleagues looking out for each other in making sure we are all well and safe too.I am sure you will all agree of the work the management, those supporting management and everyone who has been working in school have worked incredibly hard to get us to where we are now. When we return, I am sure we will hear of so many ways individuals have worked, and without thought, or recognition keeping the body of Christ alive in our school.
As St Paul says
"For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ…" (Romans 12:4).
We all have incredible gifts, strengths and talents as a staff in our school and those have been, and will continue to be what will keep our place of work and vocation true to Christ.And during those times when parts of our body are unwell another part finds strength to support, we give thanks to our staff who have been there helping eachother in their departments and wider groups across school. This is living faith in action feeding and helping each other to grow in the love of Christ.
To conclude we pray the spiritual communion prayer-
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you
now and forever. Amen.